Alan Pardew admits that he REGRETS his infamous FA Cup final dance after his Crystal Palace side lost to Manchester United late in 2016 when the former boss revealed ‘people sadly remember!’
- Alan Pardew has finally spoken out on his infamous 2016 FA Cup Final dance
- The former Crystal Palace boss performed iconic dance after his side took charge
- It is shameful that Manchester United equalized two minutes later before winning
- Pardew admitted that he wish he hadn’t and people haven’t forgotten
Alan Pardew has confessed that he regrets his infamous ‘father dance’ during Crystal Palace’s 2016 FA Cup Final defeat.
After substitute Jason Puncheon pitted the Eagles 1-0 against Manchester United in the 78th minute, the former manager’s first instinct was to go to the nearest camera and throw his best forms to celebrate.
It should have amounted to an iconic moment to crown the FA Cup, but embarrassingly it turned out to be premature, as Juan Mata leveled for United just two minutes later before Jesse Lingard won it for the Red Devils in extra time.
Alan Pardew has admitted regrets his premature 2016 FA Cup final ‘Dad Dance’
The former Eagles boss admitted he regrets the celebration and people haven’t forgotten about it
Talked about Palace’s trip to Wembley in the latest edition of FourFourTwo magazine, Pardew said: ‘That run to the cup final was fantastic. But then I had to make the terrible decision of putting Jason Puncheon on the couch.
‘He was so disappointed, but I don’t think he realized I was. I love him as a person, but we wanted to counter something in the Manchester United team.
‘I said, as all managers would do,’ You come on – go show me when you get in. ‘When he introduced us 1-0, that was the moment. ‘
When pushed for the moment everyone wants to know, Pardew admitted it was a spontaneous response and admitted that people he speaks to still don’t seem to forget.
Pardew threw forms while Jason Puncheon lifted Palace 1-0, but the Eagles were going to lose
Manchester United equalized two minutes later before beating Palace to take the trophy
“I regret the dance,” he added. ‘My daughter had said,’ There’s a new dance, ‘and it must have been in my head!
“I should never have done it – sadly people remember – but it was a wonderful moment for Punch and I felt for him.”
That showpiece was only Palace’s second-last appearance, with their other also a defeat to Manchester United in 1990, when Pardew was an Eagles player.
As in 2016, Palace failed to perform.
The former Crystal Palace spoke of the infamous moment in the latest edition of FourFourTwo
This month’s FourFourTwo hits stores Wednesday, April 7, and features a 10-page interview with Manchester United striker Bruno Fernandes.
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